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Winter Warm Up Tips

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Welcome back to the blog for The Mansions at Lakeway! Back in June we offered residents of our apartment community tips for staying cool in the summer. Today we’re focusing on winter! It can get pretty chilly here in Lakeway, TX, so check your weather report and follow these tips to stay cozy and comfortable all season long.

Warm yourself first.

As Mental Floss points out, it’s easier (and more eco-friendly) to change your body temperature than a room’s temperature, so warm yourself with layers before you crank up the heat. Thick socks, a beanie, a sweater, and leg or hand warmers can help loads. If you’re using a few blankets, keep fluffy blankets closest to you and thin, dense blankets on top to prevent convective heat loss.

Head to the kitchen.

Using your stove or oven immediately warms your apartment up, even if slightly, but the action of moving around and dealing with warm stove tops also keeps you warm. Make use of your appliances by whipping up a treat for yourself or your guests — a warm one, specifically, to further maximize and enjoy the heat.

Now is the time to try out those recipes you’ve been itching to test. (We love these 20 perfect-for-winter dessert recipes.) Put a few on some plates and hand them out to your neighbors or loved ones for a winter offering!

Prepare your rooms.

We were excited to learn the humidifier hack from Niccole Schreck in U.S. News’ 10 ways to save on energy costs article. As she mentions, “moist air feels warmer and holds heat better, so a humidifier can help you feel comfortable when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature.” Houseplants can also help add humidity to your home and help you on this quest to feel warmer without turning up the heat so much.

Often the cold can seep into your apartment without you even noticing it. Keep your home (especially spots near windows) warm by switching out thin curtains with heavier ones. Cut up a pool noodle, wrap it in fabric, and slide it under your door to keep out more drafts.

We hope you have a relaxing, fulfilling winter full of your favorite December traditions. Stay warm! Leave your best tips for maximizing heat with the rest of the apartment community by leaving a comment. Thanks for reading!